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The Hardware Hound: Welcome to “Hound” Advice

Reviews are great! Watching or reading about someone’s hard work to help you make a decision is a good way to ensure overall satisfaction in what can be pretty major investments for PC builders. We all wish we had all the time and money in the world to test everything, but many reviewers only have a limited window to squeeze things in between work and families. What happens when an experienced hardware user has some sound advice, but doesn’t have the time, samples, or official testing equipment to do a review? Welcome to Hound Advice. The Hardware Hound has taken it upon himself to begin sharing his experience with computer hardware in a straight forward and practical way. This isn’t just his experience either. He’s using the internet and the Pure OC community to try and help you answer questions that, quite frankly, can occasionally be very difficult to answer through google. In his first episode, The Hardware Hound tackles what looks like the best wireless routers for PC builders. If you’re having a hard time knowing what to look for, but already have a general idea, then Hound Advice might help you make a final decision. Check out the video, let us know what you want to know, and we hope you find our newest series to be helpful!



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FNATIC Rush, Flick & Focus Review

Introduction It seems everything in the world is advertised as “Gamer” in order to attract customers. Seriously! I just read about a gamer toothbrush!!! ESports are on the rise but how much gaming hardware do we really need? Wait! You said it was designed by an actual eSports team!?! Shut up and take my money!!! Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s sift through the jargon and see exactly what FNATIC is doing with their new set of gaming peripherals. FNATIC is an eSports, League of Legends team that has also dived into a gaming keyboard, mouse and pad. The claim is that because these devices were designed by professional gamers, they will give you an edge in any competitive online play you might engage in. We’ll try to assess these claims soon, but before we do, here’s some more info on FNATIC, the company behind the Rush keyboard, Flick Mouse and Boost Pad.



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CABLEMOD LED Strips Review

Introduction It’s time that we settle the debate once and for all. LED’s make your computer go faster. Don’t argue it. Don’t even question it. It’s just fact! The real mystery is which LED strip will make your computer the fastest. As easy as it is to convince the inexperienced of these sort of “truths,” the reality is PC builders want an LED strip that looks great while having the kind of quality that will help it last a long time. This is exactly what CABLEMOD is setting out to do with their LED Strips. With a wide variety of colors to choices between stick on or magnetic, CABLEMOD is bound to have something that will appeal to the lighting needs of your computer case. We’re going to take a look at what they have, but first, here’s a quick look at what CABLEMOD is trying to do. Cables Perfected. Made from premium materials and crafted with the utmost care, CableMod cables are engineered for more than just function; they are built to delight and inspire. By utilizing choice components, these cables are constructed without the use of unsightly heatshrink. Tweaked with input from the modding community and offered in a large selection of colors, CableMod cables can turn even the most ordinary systems into works of art. Not much about LEDs there it seems. That’s okay because I found some more quotes explaining there choice to use WideBeam, as well as other details. LED Strips Perfected. CableMod brings the same care...



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AMD FX-9590 Overclocked Review

Introduction Back in 2013, AMD released a chip that had many scratching their heads. Between the abnormally high TDP and ridiculous price tag, everyone thought the company had lost their minds. In hind sight, it’s easy to see that AMD hadn’t found their new direction yet, and they were ensuring that a chip of this magnitude could be successfully handled in a consumer market. The good news about the 9590 is, in spite of being considered a failed launch, it still worked out to be a decent chip and it certainly opened the door for future releases with high TDPs. Energy efficiency kind of gets thrown out the window with overclocking, and an ultra-enthusiast version of Zen is something I would certainly look forward to today. Having followed this release for years now, the biggest thing that bugged me was only getting to see the limitations of the chip tested on 240mm AIOs. The question on my mind was, “Could someone get reasonably past the 5.0 GHz barrier if they had some uber cooling?” AMD was kind enough to send a sample my way and let me have a go at it. To be clear here, this isn’t just trying to reach 5.o GHz and run a couple of tests. The real test of the 5.0 barrier is if a user could run that as a 24/7 clock speed, and be able to do so with a fairly easily involving just a multiplier changes. With that in mind, let’s begin looking into how the experience went, the results of the tests, and just how worth it a 9590 would be for the ...



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PHANTEKS’ Power Combo has more Ramifications than you’re Realizing!

“Dual sockets, CrossfireX, SLI, Raid 0… Why not PSUs?” That seems to be the the train of thought PHANTEKS was thinking when they announced the new Power Combo releasing this month. At first, it seems really exciting to be able to combine two power sources to work together as one. On further thought, the practicality behind the Power Combo begins to feel a bit contrived. The actual circumstances where a user can put two power supplies to work on one system are pretty limited, however, I believe the Power combo can open a whole new approach to how future systems are built. In order to see the full potential of the Power Combo, we have to look at several industry changes that are taking place right now. The first and most obvious change is DirectX 12. I’ve long been a proponent of dual GPUs in my systems. Practicality has nothing to do with it. If I have $500 to spend on an upgrade, I’ll always have two $250 cards in CrossfireX or SLI because I love the look of two cards in my system. This comes with some heavy pre-planning though, because I need the rest of my system to be able to handle the extra load. Previous APIs didn’t allow for hardly any variation when it came to matching two graphics cards, so it was best to buy both GPUs as close as possible to each other. DirectX 12 on the other hand, is beginning to shine light on the possibility of upgrading to a stronger GPU, while keeping your old one around for a bit of extra power, since th...



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CREATIVE Sound BlasterX H5 Gaming Headset Review

Introduction Headsets are devices I’ve avoided most of me life. Being a PC gamer, it seems odd to say this. On the other hand, when I would try a headset, I would find them, hot, uncomfortable, and lacking the type of sound quality I’ve come to expect from a good pair of book shelf speakers with a quality amplifier. CREATIVE set out to change my opinion (unawares) by sending me the Sound BlasterX H5 gaming headset to review. The timing couldn’t be better since I was about to pull the trigger on something to help hide the noise of my various games and speech clients from my family. I thought I would be sacrificing my comfort, but I found an experience that I wasn’t sure even existed until now. Before we jump into the details, let’s look at a bit of info on CREATIVE, the company behind the Sound BlasterX H5. Also, check out the video review featured above!



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SWIFTECH H320 X2 Review

Introduction Today we have yet ANOTHER CLC…. Haha! I’m just kidding. What SWIFTECH is doing in the cooling market is unprecedented and to say that it’s “just another” AIO unit would be doing the H320 X2 a vast injustice. That being said, just because a company advertises top features doesn’t mean that a particular unit will measure up. Spoilers: that isn’t the case for our unit here, but we’ll dive into the details soon enough. What SWIFTECH is doing is bringing the custom cooling experience to the PC without all the risks involved in putting water so close to delicate computer parts. I have to say, I was extremely excited to get my hands on this unit and I can’t wait to tell you how it went for me. Just hang in there! We’ll get to the H320 X2 soon, but before we do, let’s hear a word from SWIFTECH. Swiftech® was founded in 1994 by Gabriel Rouchon, and incorporated in 2001 under the legal entity name of Rouchon Industries Inc., dba Swiftech. Its sales skyrocketed in early 2001 following the release of the famed MC370 line of heatsinks. Reviews of the heatsink in the Internet Press propelled Swiftech® into the limelight as the number one source for high-performance heatsinks in the aftermarket computer parts Industry. Over the course of the last decade, Swiftech® has emerged as one of the leading forces driving the high-end thermal management scene in the personal computer industry. Pioneering work, in...



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ROSEWILL Nighthawk 117 Review

Introduction It’s time to spread our wings and fly! The analogy only goes as far as the title ROSEWILL is using for one of their newer cases, but I thought it sounded fun and inspirational. ROSEWILL has been in the background of the hardware industry for what seems like forever now. Sure, they may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of a computer case or gaming peripherals, but they’ve always offered compelling choices for those who want a solid product but can’t afford a top brand. The Nighthawk 117 doesn’t look to be an exception here, but before we look at it in further detail, let’s look a bit closer at ROSEWILL’s philosophy. Rosewill’s mission is to consistently deliver reliable, high quality PC gaming, IT hardware and home products through leading innovation and long-lasting relationships. Rosewill Inc. was established in 2004, founded by manufacturing reliable, high-quality technology products. The first products under the Rosewill brand name included computer components such as computer cases, power supply units, keyboards, mice and cables. Over time, the product line strategically developed and entered new areas of growth, including PC gaming and home products. Under the management of experienced e-retail experts, Rosewill products can be found on all top e-commerce sites, along with product information and reviews. Today, Rosewill currently manufactures and markets an immense catalogue of inventive produc...



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NZXT Manta Mini-Tower Case

I love this case the layout and design are awesome plus you have all the attributes of a mid-tower in a smaller footprint.



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RAIJINTEK Triton 360 Review

Introduction Oh no! Not another all-in-one unit!?! It’s completely understandable if you’re thinking that right now. We’ve gone from a couple of years ago of having a few limited options, to having so many entries in the cooling market that it will make your head spin. RAIJINTEK is a pretty new name in the AIO industry and they have a lot going against them already just by entering the fray this late in the game. On the other hand, it looks like they’re heading in the right direction with their Triton 360 series. We’ll begin looking into the unit in more detail shortly, but before we do, let’s take a second to hear what RAIJINTEK has to say about themselves and their philosophy.Also, if you like videos, check out The Hardware Hound’s review below. It follows more of the larger points, but keep reading to get the full breakdown on the Triton 360.



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Noctua industrialPPC 24V Fans and Chromax Accessories Review

Introduction Typically, nobody is supposed to run a piece of hardware outside of the way that it was intended to run. Of course, we make exceptions because we love to overclock things and see how much extra performance there is to be gained. So it may seem a bit strange to review something and only give it half of what it’s capable of. When you consider that the goal is silence in cooling, then it begins to make sense. NOCTUA just released a new series of industrialPPC fans that rate at 24V. While this can be useful for high end server environments that don’t care about noise as much, the benefit for everyday consumers is at 12V, the fans will run more silently while hopefully giving decent air flow. We’ll find out how well they do, but there’s one more huge thing that consumers have been waiting eons for. COLORS!!! That’s right. NOCTUA is finally giving consumers a broad range of colors to customize their fans beyond brown or beige (I suppose there were those grey colors too). Personally, all it took for me to fall in love with a NOCTUA fan was to see how it performed in person, but I totally understand people who don’t go in on one of them because of the color scheme. Now there are Chromax accessories that allow the user to customize each fan to have a splash of color that matches a build better, while still having the professional look that comes from having a NOCTUA fan over a flashy LED fan. We’ll see how those look in a b...



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Samsung USB 3.0 16GB and FIT 32GB Review

Samsung is targeting mobile users who want both capacity and durability in a very small form factor. Today we're looking at the Samsung 16GB and FIT 32GB USB 3.0 flash drives. They promise very quick speeds for mainstream consumers and professionals alike, so let's take a closer look at what these tiny drives have to offer.



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Corsair H110i GTX Review

Introduction Who says reviews have to be 100% serious all the time? With the time of the year being what it is, I decided to have a little fun with the video portion of the review. This could be the first and last time you get to see a star ship captain explore the finer details of a PC component. We hope you enjoy the video, but let’s go ahead and jump into the written review of this Corsair unit. Corsair has been known for making silent CLC units. They usually sacrifice pump and fan speed to avoid some noise, but at the same time their units have managed to stay pretty high on the performance pile. Recently, however, the competition has been working harder and Corsair has had to start making units that could offer better performance over raw silence. This is where the GT and GTX line of coolers are coming from. The Corsair H110i GTX is trying to offer the best performance of any CLC on the market. Will it succeed? We’ll try and find out how well this unit measures up, but before we begin, let’s hear a brief word from Corsair themselves. Founded in 1994, Corsair has grown from pioneering the high-performance DRAM market to one of the world’s leading providers of enthusiast-grade PC components and peripherals. Our groundbreaking technology and innovation can be found in our high-performance memory, ultra-efficient power supplies, PC cases, PC and CPU cooling solutions, and solid-state storage devices. Under the Corsair Gaming brand, launched in 2014, w...



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Mionix Castor Gaming Mouse

Introduction We’ve seen several mice from Swedish company Mionix, and we’ve been impressed. The Naos remains one of the most comfortable mice I’ve ever grasped (admittedly, it’s my go-to daily mouse of choice), and we’ve seen models from Mionix that sport minor differences and improvements along the way. Why mess with a winning formula, it seems. One of the differences is certainly in terms of cost. It should come as no surprise that everyone doesn’t necessarily want to splurge for the flagship Naos, and for those who want the quality and features but a more affordable price tag, the Mionix Castor is what we’re looking at today. The Castor is a right-handed mouse, and while it captures the shapely essence of the vaunted Naos, it also seems to share some lineage from the impressive Avior, creating a subtle new shape that’s suitable for palm, claw, and fingertip-grip preferences. There are a couple other differences, such as a 10,000 DPI optical engine rather than laser, a simplified lighting and feature set, and a lower price tag than the premium Naos or Avior. Sounds good so far. Let’s take a closer look at the Mionix Castor and find out if it’s worthy your consideration.



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ADATA XPG SX930 240GB and Premier SP550 240GB SSD Review

Introduction Over the course of the last few weeks, a couple of anonymous brown boxes showed up on my doorstep. Festooned with foreign post marks, they set the household atwitter with speculation as to what might be contained within. I’m not sure the rest of the residents appreciated the contents quite as much as I, but for my part, I was ecstatic to open them and find both an XPG SX930 “Gaming SSD” and the more mainstream Premier SP550 from ADATA nestled among the packing material. Before we move on, let’s think about that a bit. Not so very long ago in late 2009, I purchased my first SSD. A 128GB Patriot Torqx SSD that I paid $369 for. Performance was rated at a paltry 260MB/s sequential read and 180MB/s sequential write. TRIM wasn’t implemented on that particular Indilinx Barefoot controller (I’m not sure it was even invented yet), and it ran on a SATA II interface (1.5GBps) of which it was at no risk of saturating. There were no categories in SSD’s. No “Gaming”, “Performance”, “Premium” or any other label. SSD was a self contained category all on its own. (For a bit of historic perspective, you can read Jake’s review of the Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD here). Today, our SATA based SSD’s saturate a 6 Gbps SATA III bus, and an ADATA Premier SP550 costs a mere $79 on Newegg for just about twice the capacity and more than double the performance of my now Vintage Torqx. In those days the d...






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